Pictured: Luxury swimming pool at £850,000 six-bed family home of trans activist who glued themself to Oxford Union stage and their former Paratrooper, Extinction Rebellion-backing wealthy father
- Trans activist Riz Possnett, 19, has claimed they were ‘working class broccoli’
- But they live in a £850K home and protested across Europe with Greta Thunberg
This is the luxury swimming pool at the family home of high profile trans activist Riz Possnett – whose father is their biggest fan and a fellow climate change zealot.
Oxford University student Riz, 19, made headlines this week by gluing themselves to the stage at the Oxford Union during a speech by gender-critical academic Professor Kathleen Stock.
It later emerged that the teenager had jetted around Europe protesting against climate change alongside Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
Riz’s wealthy businessman father Robert Possnett, 61, is also an Extinction Rebellion supporter who has been arrested several times for taking part in climate change protests.
The former paratrooper hurled red paint over the Guildhall in London in an Extinction Rebellion stunt in August 2021.
But despite Riz’s claim on social media that they were ‘working class broccoli’, their family home is an £850,000 six-bedroom house complete with an open air swimming pool in an upmarket Suffolk village.
This is the luxury swimming pool at the family home of high profile trans activist Riz Possnett – whose father is their biggest fan and a fellow climate change zealot
Oxford University student Riz, 19, made headlines this week by gluing themselves to the stage at the Oxford Union during a speech by gender-critical academic Professor Kathleen Stock
Extinction Rebellion has repeatedly preached against the ownership of private pools because of the energy used to heat them and their use of sometimes scarce water.
The group recently championed a research paper titled ‘Water crises driven by elites’ unsustainable consumption’ which named private swimming pools as a major issue.
The study concluded: ‘Our analysis confirms that the only way to preserve available water resources is by altering privileged lifestyles, limiting water use for amenities and redistributing income and water resources more equally.’
Riz’s wealthy businessman father Robert Possnett, 61, (pictured) is also an Extinction Rebellion supporter who has been arrested several times for taking part in climate change protests
In 2020, a Facebook account linked to the group in South Africa posted: ‘It is not right that wealthy people fill swimming pools when we do not have water to live. Water is a basic human right.’
It’s unclear whether or if so how often Mr Possnett heats the pool as the family didn’t respond to questions.
Local residents living near Mr Possnett expressed surprise today about his climate activism when he had his own swimming pool.
One villager who asked not to be named said: ‘It sounds a bit surprising given his stance. I don’t know if he heats his pool – but if he did that would take a lot of energy.
‘I suppose it depends whether any power used for heating the pool is entirely from renewable sources.
‘I know that he is constantly tweeting in support of people like Just Stop Oil so it does seem a little bit over the top for him to have a swimming pool.’
A neighbour said they believed that the house already had the pool when Mr Possnett and his partner bought the property for £360,000 in 2013.
A leading UK swimming pool consultant who examined MailOnline’s pictures of the pool said it appeared to measure around 11m by 4m
The expert estimated that if the pool were heated the energy costs would be the same at between £4,000 and £6,000 to heat all year round
A leading UK swimming pool consultant who examined MailOnline’s pictures of the pool said it appeared to measure around 11m by 4m.
The expert said: ‘If the water in the pool is heated, it could be done by gas or a heat pump using electricity.
‘I estimate that the energy costs would be the same at between £4,000 and £6,000 to heat all year round. If it was just during the summer, it would be around £2,000 to £3,500.
‘The house does appear to have solar panels on the roof, and they could of course contribute towards heating the pool.’
The consultant estimated that pool would have cost around £120,000 to install at today’s prices.
He added: ‘There is no building around it to contain the heat, but it looks like it has got a hard cover which could stop around 80 per cent of the heat disappearing.
‘It does seem slightly ironic that someone who is a climate protestor has a very expensive pool in their back garden.’
Riz, who is an ardent Republican wanting to abolish the Royal family, and her father did not respond to requests for comment about the pool today.
When a MailOnline reporter called at the house, Riz opened the door and smiled politely before going back inside and saying nothing.
Riz staged their outlandish protest during a talk by Professor Stock by gluing themselves to the front of the stage while wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan: ‘No more dead trans kids’.
The teenager – who uses the pronouns they/them – appeared on Piers Morgan: Uncensored on TalkTV just weeks earlier, arguing for the abolition of the monarchy, and referring to the Royal family as ‘parasites’.
They were also pictured kissing their partner, eating snacks and reading a copy of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare on the bed made for Charles II at Windsor Castle after jumping a security rope earlier this year.
The activist, who walked free after Tuesday night’s stunt, also clashed with Lady Victoria Hervey and Dan Wootton on GB News during a debate in which they said ‘I don’t care’ what happens to King Charles following threats of disruption to the Coronation.
Their father was pictured in August 2021 spraying red paint over one of the entrances to the Guildhall, which is home to the City of London Corporation.
Mr Possnett, who served for seven years as a Private and Corporal in the Parachute Regiment until 1985, later accused the Corporation of not doing enough to fight climate change, and tweeted: ‘Looking forward to my day in court.’
His LinkedIn profile describes him as an ‘experienced manager and international management consultant’ working for the last seven years as a business development manager for energy efficiency engineering company Crowley Carbon.
He previously spent much of his career working for refugee and international development organisations.
The former paratrooper told in an interview with Guardian in 2019 how he became interested in environmental issues in the late 1980s ‘signing petitions and writing stuff’.
19-year-old Riz Possnett, who glued thein front of the stage, posted on Twitter: ‘Trans people in the UK are stigmatised, threatened, and harassed. Life-saving gender-affirming healthcare is near impossible to access, and the process is consistently degrading’
He added: ‘I had sort of given up really – then I heard about Extinction Rebellion and that just struck a bell with me. I thought: ‘This is our last chance. What am I doing with my life? This is where I am going to put my energy. What greater thing to do?
‘It is in the same way as when I was 16 or 17 and decided I was prepared to defend the country with my life by joining the Paras – sometimes you have to be stand up and be counted and this is one of those times.’
Mr Possnett added: ‘A lot of the people I know are small business owners, and that type of thing, and for a long time they thought I was a bit crazy, a bit of tree hugger.
‘But now it is completely different; they all view me as the sensible one, they wish they had the guts to stand up and do something and they will support me in whatever way they can.’
Mr Possnett was arrested after disrupting a council meeting in Norwich in February 2019 in an Extinction Rebellion protest against road building plans.
He was later given a conditional discharge by Norwich magistrates after being convicted of acting in a disorderly manner at a public meeting.
In the same year, he was pictured being carried away by four police officers when he was arrested for his part in an eco protest bringing widespread disruption to central London.
He was arrested and charged again in 2020 for taking part in a protest blocking the entrance to a printworks in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, where a number of national newspapers were being printed.
Mr Possnett tweeted a message of support for the disruption caused by Riz , saying: ‘Proud Dad’.
Before studying at Oxford, Riz attended Hockerill Anglo-European College in Hertfordshire, which charges up to £14,682 a year for high-school boarders.
They were also a pupil at the £41,000-a-year Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong – which has schooled politicians, artists and musicians from around the world.
Riz helped to found the UK Student Climate Network activist group, despite apparently using gas-guzzling flights to join Greta on demonstrations.
The teenager also organised YouthStrike4Climate, which encouraged thousands of students across the UK to walk out of class, and took part in anti-Brexit marches and demonstrations against former US president Donald Trump.
At around the same time, pictures on social media accounts showed Riz enjoying sunny holidays in apparently glamorous and exotic overseas destinations.
Riz describes themselves on twitter as an ‘activist, student, professional light-speed gobshite. trans and proud’
In March, Rix was pictured posing on the bed constructed for Charles II in 1670.
Following the stunt, their partner Imogen told The Mirror it was ‘playful’ and ‘a bit silly’, adding: ‘People of our generation are done with bowing and curtseying to this family.’
During Tuesday’s protest at the Oxford Union, the trans rights campaigner refused to budge as officers were forced to use tools to prise them off the floor.
Eventually Riz was removed by police, who were applauded by those in the assembly.
When reporters caught up with Riz outside the 200-year-old venue, the student simply said they had been ‘de-arrested’ before refusing to answer more questions.
During Tuesday’s protest at the Oxford Union, the trans rights campaigner refused to budge as officers were forced to use tools to prise them off the floor. Activist Riz Possnett (left) is pictured as Kathleen Stock (right) gave her talk
Riz later took to Twitter to explain the reason for protesting at the event, stating: ‘I did not attempt to prevent Kathleen Stock from speaking. Whilst I believe her speech is dangerous and hateful, she is entitled to exercise her right to free speech.
‘I chose to exercise my own Article 10 and 11 rights to peacefully protest this speech.
‘Trans lives and rights should not be up for ‘debate’, but the Union did not even provide that.
‘My goal was to show the other side, to ensure everyone who listened to Stock’s talk also considered the dangerous consequences of those views for trans people.’
Prof Stock braved hundreds of screaming protesters to deliver her address at the debating club.
Her talk had been the focus of one of the biggest free-speech rows to engulf the institution, with activists labelling her ‘transphobic and trans-exclusionary’ in an attempt to have the event cancelled.
Prof Stock told the audience: ‘I didn’t mind that protest. It wasn’t traumatic for me. But generally what I find more worrying is when institutions have listened to the protesters… and then basically become propaganda machines for a particular point of view.’
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